Fragment 31

Fragment 31 is a Melbourne-based performance collective, focussed on interdisciplinary practice and research. It is led by Leisa Shelton with associate artists assembling in varying combinations depending on the requirements of the diverse projects under investigation. Leisa Shelton is a performance artist/maker and curator with a practice that foregrounds collaboration and an advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work. Leisa's current practice is focused on Curatorship and Development of new frames for the presentation and development of Performance. This shift in direction from having worked nationally and internationally as a performer, maker, director and teacher of performance, evolved out of a recognition of distinct gaps in the cultural landscape for opportunities that offered greater visibility and recognition for Australian Contemporary Performance.

Presenting the Australian Artists Section in the 2014 edition with Barbara CampbellSarah-Jane Norman and Julie Vulcan, Fragment 31 returns at the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK 2016 curating live and on exhibit works by Helen Cole, Casey JenkinsJames McAllister and Stelarc.

Barbara Campbell, Galatea. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.

Barbara Campbell, Galatea. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.

 Julie Vulcan, I Stand In. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.

Julie Vulcan, I Stand In. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.

Sarah-Jane Norman, Bone Library. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.

Sarah-Jane Norman, Bone LibraryVenice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.

Helen Cole. Exhibition view of the installation Breathe at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © VestAndPage

Helen Cole. Exhibition view of the installation Breathe at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Photograph by VestAndPage

Casey Jenkins, sMother. Endurance performance of 6 days and installation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week. Image © Lorenza Cini

Casey Jenkins, sMother. Endurance performance of 6 days and installation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week. Image © Lorenza Cini

James McAllister, (utter) ORATORIO. Long durational performance of 3 days and installation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Edward Smith

James McAllister, (utter) ORATORIO. Long durational performance of 3 days and installation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Edward Smith

Stelarc, Zombies, Cyborgs and Chimeras - Alternate Anatomical Architectures. Presentation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Edward Smith

Stelarc, Zombies, Cyborgs and Chimeras - Alternate Anatomical Architectures. Presentation at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Edward Smith